Flonira the unstoppable tomato tree farmer
Description: Ever since Flonira started growing tree tomatoes with an Oxfam-supported co-operative in Rwanda, life has never been the same. For one thing, she’s had the training she needed so she could grow in confidence and take on leadership positions. And the money she’s earned is enough to help her son make the most of a life-changing opportunity. Flonira’s proving that, when women are unlimited, anything is possible – including ending poverty.
16 Jun 2017
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Description: Degraded soils and the lack of sound soil management practices can result in yield loss that affects smallholder farmer livelihoods. To prevent soil degradation, some agricultural development programs promote practices that maintain or replenish soils for long-term income stability of smallholder farmers. However, despite research and policies to support the adoption of good agricultural practices—including integrated soil management—smallholder farmers often do not change their soil management practices.
This seminar addressed farmer decision making and the context in which decisions are made, including factors that influence their decisions such as economic, religious and external policy incentives. The talk considered agricultural innovation systems, networks and platforms that facilitate farmer adoption of integrated soil fertility management. An example from Malawi further deepened the conversation about how policy-based incentives can potentially improve adoption to reduce soil erosion and increase yields.
09 Jun 2017
Description: Between 2007 and 2008, world governments made decisions that, in conjunction with extreme weather events, turned an already alarming food supply and demand situation into a global food price crisis. This begs the question: How do governments make food policy decisions? Are they driven by data, special interests, theories of change or a combination of the above?
This seminar addressed these questions, which are particularly timely as governments prepare for the next round of predicted food price fluctuations (grain prices in the international market have already become unstable). Will governments be ready to deal with the outcomes?
Per Pinstrup-Andersen, World Food Prize laureate and Professor at Cornell University, shared findings from a recent project, “The Political Economy of Food Price Policy.” This project was undertaken in collaboration with researchers from 14 developing countries and sought to improve the understanding of factors affecting government decision-making related to food policy during periods of food price volatility. Danielle Resnick, research fellow at IFPRI and the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy, then elaborated on a broader conceptual framework of drivers of policy change in agriculture and nutrition. They shared results from these two projects, as well as insights about how interest groups and governments shape food policy.
09 Jun 2017
Description: The products and services created from raising livestock support the health and well-being of millions of people in rural communities across the globe. However, natural and man-made disasters can disrupt, and even devastate, the businesses and households that depend on livestock. In many cases, the nature of the response to such disasters not only makes the difference between set-back and failure, but also sets the stage for longer-term development.
Participants learned how to design, implement and assess programming in emergency and non-emergency settings in this two-part event:
Part I: A fully revised Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) Handbook was unveiled and discussed. LEGS are the international guidelines and standards for livestock interventions that assist people affected by humanitarian crises.
Part II: Recommendations from a recent evaluation showcased how to develop and implement successful Community Animal Health Worker (CAHWs) programs in East Africa.
The event was hosted by the USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, which, with other donors, funded both phases of LEGS development.
Highlights from the seminar:
Julie March, Andy Catley and Andrew Bisson discuss the background, context and objectives of the manual.
08 Jun 2017
Description: Fertilizer application rates in Sub-Saharan Africa stand at a tiny fraction of their levels in other parts of the developing world. In response, a number of countries have implemented fertilizer subsidy programs. The wisdom of these programs, which often come at substantial fiscal cost, is a matter of substantial debate: Are they smart policy or are governments getting low “bang for their buck” from such programs?
At this seminar, Thomas Jayne (MSU) reviewed key lessons learned from multi-country experience with input subsidy programs over the past decade. He also summarized the findings of recent inter-disciplinary research combining modern soil analysis tools with household survey data, which is paving the way for new opportunities to improve the effectiveness with which farmers use fertilizer, promote fertilizer use and contribute to sustainable agricultural productivity in Africa.
Michael Carter (UC-Davis) highlighted findings from an evaluation of a fertilizer voucher subsidy program in Mozambique. Unlike many subsidy schemes, the program in Mozambique was intentionally short-lived. The evaluation results show that the impact of the subsidies stuck. Two years after the end of the program, farmers who received the subsidy were using more fertilizer, obtaining higher yields and enjoying higher per-capita living standards than a randomly selected control group. Interactions between the voucher and a savings intervention that was implemented at the same time reveals further but surprising lessons on how subsidies work.
08 Jun 2017
Description: Oxfam works with some of the world's poorest people. What they want - more than anything - is a way to earn a living. They want a regular income.
Here, Maria Cristina (Honduras) and Madeleine (Rwanda) share how their jobs have transformed their lives, thanks to Oxfam's Enterprise Development Programme.
07 Jun 2017
Description: Watch how dairy farmers in South-West Uganda are innovating their farming practices to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.
Read more about the TIDE (The Inclusive Dairy Enterprise) project in Uganda, a four-year programme funded by the Embassy of the Netherlands and implemented by SNV): http://bit.ly/2rUeabM
07 Jun 2017
Description: Osun State government, on Thursday June 1st 2017, in collaboration with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan launched a research and farm training institute at Ago Owu area in Ayedaade local government area of the state as parts of the moves to transform agriculture sector.
Launching the research and farm training institute, at Ago Owu Farm Settlement, Governor Rauf Aregbesola said the development would put a permanent end to myriad of challenges, confronting farmers in the state.
He disclosed that the state had released 205.5 hectares of land for the take-off of the programme, just as he attributed the success of the scheme to unflinching support which the state received from the officials of the IITA to boost agricultural productions.
Describing Governor the institute as a “citadel of knowledge in agriculture”, Aregbesola said with its establishment, all challenges confronting farming and farmers would be put behind, adding that the institution has the capacity to train, retrain and conduct various researches that would not only increase farmers’ yields but also expose them to modern agriculture practices.
He said the scheme was part of his administration’s six-point integral action plan to increase on the agricultural produce, improve the welfare of farmers and turn Osun to food basket of the South West Nigeria.
According to Aregbesola, “we must thank the IITA for the partnership we have because with the establishment of this training institute, our partnership is not just a memorandum on paper but rather a memorandum actualised. IITA has been an open partner with Osun government and the partnership was formalised in 2015 after a Memorandum of Understanding was mutually signed to support agriculture sector in the state.
“This MoU has been actualised with the research and training institute set up to advance research in agriculture, encourage participation in farming and as well improve on the agricultural productivity in the state. This initiative aimed at improving on the agricultural agenda of the state, getting youths attracted to farming, exposing farmers to modern and mechanised farming techniques and as well increase agricultural productivity”, he added.
On why the state decided to partner IITA, Aregbesola said the decision was taken having realised the agricultural poor yielding culture in the state, explaining that “Osun is the highest producer of cassava in Nigeria but even at that, the state produces just 16 metric tons per hectare which is far from expectation.
He added, “We partner this international institute to deepen our commitment to massive food production in the state and ensure that the farmers’ yields are improved geometrically.
“For instance, Osun is known to be the highest producer of cassava, but with this feat, our production is poor while the yield per hectare is between 15/16 metric ton per hectare. This is widely far from reality while compare with what those who have advanced on the production of cassava have per hectare, and it is for this reason that reached a compromise with IITA to support our farmers for greater productivity.
“As I am speaking now, what we produce as far as cassava production is concerned has increased tremendously as it has increased from 16 metric tons per hectare to 40 metric tons per hectare. It is our belief that with this partnership, Osun farmers most especially the existing ones would begin to experience a new life in the agriculture sector while youth would also be encouraged to farming”, Aregbesola remarked.
Earlier, the Deputy Director General, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Professor Michael Abberton, said IITA partnered Osun government having realised the keen interest of the state to revamp agriculture sector.
He described the state’s commitment to agriculture revolution as remarkable; a step he said would be advanced by the IITA to ensure the actualisation of the state dreams in the agriculture sector.
05 Jun 2017
Description: Mutinta Mwiinga is one of 500,000 people who received increased income opportunities in Zambia through Sida's support for the Musika program. As a distributor of agricultural products, she sells seeds, manure and pesticides to other farmers in the immediate area.
19 May 2017
Description: This video shows the effect of fall Armyworm in Malawi and an interview with a farmer who has lost much of his crop to the pest and is struggling to feed his family.
16 May 2017
Description: To project food security outcomes, FEWS NET develops a set of assumptions about likely events, their effects, and the probable responses of various actors. FEWS NET analyzes these assumptions in the context of current conditions and local livelihoods to arrive at a most likely scenario for the coming six months.
11 May 2017
Description: In order to advance food security objectives, we must first understand how programs can and should effectively address legal, regulatory and institutional constraints to agricultural sector growth.
Join us for this month's Ag Sector Council Webinar, where we will feature two Feed the Future program evaluations and their recent reviews of enabling environment reform activities. Listen and learn from our specialists, as they recollect five years of Feed the Future results and discuss how to apply what was learned to the new Global Food Security Strategy.
About the reviews:
The Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security project conducted a review of investments in enabling environment reform across seven bilateral Missions, five regional Missions and the Bureau for Food Security. This comprehensive analysis evaluated program design approaches, key methods of engagement and priority policy areas across more than 240 projects to better understand what has been effective, common challenges faced and lessons learned under the first five years of Feed the Future.
Over the past year, Feed the Future Knowledge Driven Agricultural Development Project has used qualitative research software to uniformly analyze and synthesize over 200 performance and impact evaluations and reporting from over 400 Feed the Future projects over the previous two years. With the overall goals of assessing the evidence base toward the Feed the Future learning agenda and answering key questions around future food security implementations questions, KDAD will discuss its findings relative to the Enabling Environment.
10 May 2017